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all available that one press of a button. i am concerned about all those calories that we burn off walking to the pizza vending machine. it has to be genius and confusing at the end of our computers. it sends a pizza sliding straight into our hungry mouths. then our heart attacks can come even sooner. a cheery thought to leave you with. >> i'm don lemon and the stories you are talking about in a moment, but first let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines. two separate tornados touchdown in new york city today. this one rolled off the water into the rockaways that ripped down power lines. another stronger twister touched down in brooklyn about 20 minutes later. there have been no reports of people hurt. people carrying suitcases run away from homes after a cluster
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of quakes struck china. they show rescue crews running to look for survivors and at least 80 were kill and 800 injured when four quicks hit yesterday. tens of thousands were forced from their homes. the strong i was was a 5.6 in magnitude. a football player is in stable condition after being injuried in a helmet to helmet collision. medic his to revive him on the field before rushing him to the hospital. those are the headlines. wait to see what else we are working on on cnn saturday night. >> now we have a choice. >> enough already. we cut through the noise. >> i don't acknowledge that. we hold politicians on god,
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abortion and israel. the head of the party set record straight. >> this is not talking. >> and reprogramming your brain to forget anything and anyone. even that ex. >> she doesn't even know who i am. >> that's right. remembering to forget. it's not hollywood smoke and mirrors. some say it is possible. thought politics was no joke? >> you are going to explain black things to me. >> the indecision 2012 team is here and pulling no punches. i have been away for a while. this is what you expect from me. you are about to watch a conversation that we think there should be more of on television. unlike most of you, you would not worry about offending critics and political parties orphans. sometimes it gets heated.
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sometimes it is uncomfortable and not everyone agrees. not all the time, but it's honest and it's authentic and transparent. again, that's what this show is about. it has been quite a week for the committee. debbie wassermann schultz is accused of overshadeeing the president's reelection bid. i invited her on to set the record straight. without talking points. she was not always happy with my questions, but they had to be asked. here it is. >> thanks for coming on this saturday night. i know it has been a busy time for you. you have been at the story of controversy. i want to you come on to set the record straight. now that you had a chance to look back, this is not an ambush interview. this is not got you, i just want to get some clarity and see if you have some clarity.
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i top the start with the comments made on monday to jewish democrats about republicans and israel. specifically a reference you made to the israeli ambassador. here's exactly what you said. >> we know and i've heard no less than michael oren say this. that what the republicans are doing is dangerous for israel. they are undermining israel security by suggesting that the united states and israel don't have anything other than a unique and close and special relationship. >> so you have said that the reporter, you accused the reporter of miset quoting you and you said it and said i categorially deny saying that. there it is. how do you respond? >> so don, if you look at what the examiner which say conservative blog site, it's not surprising that they would misquote me. i will reiterate that they did
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misquote me. they took only the first line of what i said and cut it off. you have not played the rest of what i said and what they did was reported that i said that republican policies were dangerous for israel. that is what ambassador oren commented on. i never said they were dangerous for israel. that's the opposite of what i always say. what i always said and what i said is important that we understand that israel should not be a political football. what the republicans are doing is they are subjecting that there is daylight between the parties on israel. i didn't say their policies were dangerous, but what they were doing by trying to suggest that there is a difference between the parties or that president obama has less than a stellar record on israel under mines israel in the eyes of our arab neighbors. that's what i said and they misrepresented. >> you did say it on tape, but it was taken out of context.
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they said i categorically deny that i ever characterized republican policies as harmful to israel. >> i never said that. don, go back. you can play it again. i did not say that republican policies were dangerous for israel. what i said was what the republicans are doing, referring to their suggestion repeatedly that president obama has less than a stellar record on israel which israeli leadership said that israel has no greater friend than president obama and because they are using israel as a political football that what they are doing is harmful to israel. >> you don't think you inferred by saying that ambassador oren made it seem like you had spoken to him and he said that exactly. >> the ambassador has said and i spoke to ambassador oren afterwards and he said he was confident that i didn't say what
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i was accused of. they respond to a misquotation and a partial out of context statement they supposedly made. i did not say and i don't believe that policies and saying that policies are different between the republicans and the democrats and the united states is harmful to israel. i said that the republicans are -- >> do you regret anything you said and would you say anything differently? >> no, i would not. i regret that the examiner has repeatedly taken what i said out of context. if they printed the entire quote and told oren what i actually said, i think his response would have been different. >> all right. that's not it. our conversation is just getting started. straight ahead, i asked about the democratic platform and why they had to revisit and revote on references to god.
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and honest and we spent a lot of time discussing the party's decision to add god and jerusalem to their statement of beliefs. the vote created their own set of problems. here's more of my conversation. >> let's talk about that platform. the delegates had to change the platform to reinsert the language referencing god and recognizing jerusalem. >> i doll that one more time. all those delegates in favor say aye. all those delegates opposed say no. the opinion of the vote in the affirmative, the motion is adopted and the platform has been amended as shown on the screen. >> okay. it's hard for me to tell and i wasn't in the room, but even people who were in the room said you couldn't tell if it was the
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ayes or the nos. what happened the way that people perceived that the party wanted people to vote was already in the teleprompter. here's the thing. when you talk to democrats off camera, they will say we screwed up about that language. what do you say about that as the head of the dnc now? >> here's the bottom line. when president obama realized that there was an omission made on two items that were part of his personal beliefs, one that we should return the reference to americans being able to achieve their god-given potential and two that je res elements is and will remain the capital. when he realized they were left out, he insisted they were -- please let me finish. >> i heard this over and over again. with all due respect, what i am asking you, these are not
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lightly. for god and jerusalem to be taken out, it had to be intentional to do it. you didn't have someone in the room. you were going-over the platform, hang on and let me finish. when you are going-over the platform, especially right after the gop convention when there was so much talk about god and israel, you are telling me it was an oversight? coming from a jewish american, that was an oversight? shouldn't you be the one to make sure that's it's not an oversight? >> don, our platform was adopted on tuesday and is strongly for pro israel. 100% pro israel. more hard line on preventing iran from preventing a nuclear weapon. the united states is committed and the president is committed to using all elements of instrumentation to prevent iran from achieving a nuclear weapon.
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the platform on that subject said all options are on the table. we had a strong pro israel platform. we wanted to make sure and president obama wanted to make sure that the platform reflected his view about jerusalem and that's my personal view as well and the platform had an omission and in fact when we went through the platform -- >> isn't that language in the platform before? >> it was language on jerusalem in the platform and that reflected president obama's personal view. when he realized it was omitted, he insisted it be reinserted. >> if you don't do the platform from 2008 and side by side and no one looked and said wait a minute, come on. don't you think people appreciate candor more than anything? >> yes and i don't appreciate u suggesting i am being less
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than candid. i am a proud pro israel jewish woman. the first jewish woman to represent my state in congress. i have a strong pro israel record and the president of the united states, barack obama is someone i proudly support because he has a stellar record on israel. he stood by israel and our platform reflects his view on jerusalem and nothing less than candor that i am conveying to you. >> i apologize. you are right to come back and say that. i think people appreciate candor. >> believe me. i have never been accused of being anything less than candid. directness is not my problem. >> i would say that is over the last couple of weeks, people said debbie wassermann schultz will say anything to prove her point. >> you are right. right wing republicans suggest that. i have a 20 year record of
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credibility and i am proud of that and it's one of the reasons president obama asked me to be there. >> why it was 2/3 voting in the affirmative? why was that in the prompter? >> we have overwhelming support for jerusalem and the platform elements from the 6,000 delegates that were part of the democratic national convention. when the chair mayor villaraigosa called the vote, the anticipation is we would get that. that's how he heard it and he called it that way. much has been made in the media about the supposed discord. when you have 6,000 delegates, when you hear that, i have been a legislator and i know discord. hearing a smattering of opposition, when something is
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proposed, we don't do things that are unanimous nor do wie require unanimity like the republican party. we made sure our platform reflected president obama's personal view being the capital of israel. when mitt romney learned his flat form didn't reflect his view supposedly on abortion and there being exceptions for rape and incest for the life of the mother, he did nothing to amend his platform. that's the big difference in and a clear choice. >> a little bit later on, we talk about this. some say she has been overshadowing the president the press she is getting. we will talk to her about that later. first, a man in virginia is nape named virgil good. he is a game changer. >> reprogramming your brain to forget anything or anyone.
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he is say former virginia congressman on the november ballot in that state as the presidential candidate of the constitution party. can he win? no, but he is a game changer. he could syphon votes from mitt romney. it goes from virginia to president obama and cost republicans the white house. virginia is a swing state and the race is really tight. the poll of likely voters taken after the republican convention but before the democratic convention show them in a dead tie, both with 48%. joe is an independent and proud television and been on with me a number of times. good to talk to you. fred o'donnell worked for the campaigns and most recently,
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thank you, bret and thank you joe. before we talk about this, did you guys listen to the conversation with debbie wassermann schultz. >> certainly did. >> what did you think, joe? >> i think the art of asking really authentic follow-up questions is sort of lost in the news media and needs to be done. the questioning was the kind that needs to be done and i don't think she came across as totally transparent, should we say. >> bret, do you know when you ask tough questions on the left, people on the left say i bet you don't do that on the right. when you ask on the right, people say you don't do that with the left. that's how you know you are doing the right thing. i am sure i missed a lot of people off on the left, but it had to be done. they kick a lot of people off on
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the right. >> i agree. these are issues she needed to answer for, particularly her comments about israel and what republicans are doing policy-wise. also what the party did this week with jerusalem and israel and taking god out of the platform. those were big mistakes that really stepped on the message of an -- as a republican i have on say they have a good convention. >> why didn't you do that about the republican convention. i was not here. i was out of the country. i was here for this one. one of my pet peeves, it's a democratic party. that's like people sayi ining t republic party. that's the correct name. should romney be worried about
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the game changer. >> it's virgil goode. he was a democrat starting out and switched to independent and became a republican. it's not clear whether or not he will remain on the ballot. he was put on the ballot in pennsylvania and got tossed off in pennsylvania and there is some question as to whether or not he will stay on the ballot in virginia. we have to wait and see what happens. i don't think ultimately he will make a difference in the out come in virginia. >> you are all about independents getting involved. are you glad that virgil goode is in there? >> i don't know about glad. it's nice to see other options, but from what i read so far, it's two to 3% could tilt the race. the ppp polling found he could pick up 5% to 9%. the challenge comes from a --
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sorry about that. i think the percentage of tipping is a very, very troublesome thing for the republican party. this is a problem that there is a general image that it feeds into it with republicans trying to get people off the ballots to prevent votes from happening and to add that image, that is going to be the most troublesome part. >> but third party candidates tend to overperform in polls and under perform in elections. i still am very skeptical whether or not he will make a difference in the final out come in november. >> before we run out of time, let's talk about nevada. it allows voters to vote for none of the above. 8,000 people chose that in the 1998 senate race and harry reid held on by less than 500 votes.
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they are trying to get this removed. why are they worried. why would this hurt romney more than obama? >> i don't think it hurts romney more than obama. if you look at the primary season, president obama had challenger who is way overperformed and they were they were getting democratic voters who had a vote of no confidence in the primary states. arkansas and west virginia were places where the president had trouble against a former prisoner and against someone not widely known in the state. it was a matter of democrats voting no confidence for the president. i don't think that will spell trouble for romney. i do think it shouldn't be on the ballot. it's not one of the people running for president of the united states. >> a quick response from you. >> it could hurt romney a great
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deal. from what i read, this has been on the ballot since 1976 or 1975 and it will fit into the motif as you fit into the news stories and the headlines of all over the country for different reasons, republicans trying to keep people from voting that take votes away from them. this impression you are getting from keeping people from voting will be damaging for independent voters. >> great conferring. we will have you back. i have to ask you, what is your most embarrassing moment or scariest. if there is anything you can forget, what would it be? reprogramming your brain to forget. >> thought politics was no joke? >> you explain black things to me? >> the indecision 2012 team is here. pulling no punches. ♪ i can do anything ♪ i can do anything today
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. if you take all the things that happened to you and forget them? deaths and car crashes and all the traumatic moments that caused you grief, anguish and pain. all the moments you wish you could have wiped from your mind. it is not a new concept. a girlfriend of jim carrey had him wiped out r good. >> i call her and she changed her number. i go over to work and give her an early valentine. you won't believe it. she is there with this guy. a young guy and she looks at me like she doesn't even know whoa i am. >> the concept of having your memory wiped out is crazy, but it's not. people could be trained to
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forget or use selective memory. the author told the university of st. andrews, these findings show that individuals can be trained to not think about memories that have personal relevant and significance to them and provide the most significant evidence that we process control over auto bigraph cal memory. >> the human behavior expert, you know when i first read this study, it kind of reminded me of dinettics with the scientology and being able to erase memory. i don't know if it was reminiscent of that for you. how can people forget bad memories. >> i don't know enough about scientology to cover that, but it's kind of funny to think that for decades and decades, psychologists have been working on helping people dig up
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repressed memories so they can repress them and analyze them, if you will. now we are talking about creating a repression and this one study out of the uk took 30 people and remember a positive and a negative about their past and associate a key word with it and told to ignore or avoid the negative emotion. when they met them, they were talking about the him o time they were hit in the head and couldn't remember the negative as well. they were told to ignore it. it's promising. >> promising. i like the promising part because how can you be trained to forget? the result of this is small. it could be huge for anyone with ptsd. think about our troops returning from war. >> we say promising because it's a study group of 30 people. none of them had depression or ptsd so we know if the minds are
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being assaulted by bad memories and whether they will be able to learn that process of forgetting. if they could, it could be amazing and bring them such relief. >> it's never been tested and people with ptsd, it's never been tested on people with depression. >> exactly. that clearly what needs to do next. you start with the small studies and you get the promising good results and the financing and what you need to do, the wide scale study. >> interesting conversation. up next the head of the democratic party answers this. >> let's talk about you. a white house not happy with debbie wassermann. she is a distraction with the misquotes and making news in the wrong way. what do you say to that? ♪
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to ladybug. if i had to find this path, we were meant to lose her and we could be inspired to help others. >> now my conversation tonight with florida congressman debbie wassermann schultz. we talked politics of course, but i asked her as her job as party chair. critics say she has been making headlines for the wrong reasons. >> let's talk about you. i see the reports. >> okay. >> wassermann walks a tight rope and white house not happy with debbie wassermann schultz. mocrats are upset with her and she is a distraction with the misquotes and making news in the wrong way. what do you say to that? are you worried about your job and does that concern and you are you more of a distraction to the obama reelection process than a help? >> not only do i not think that, i know president obama doesn't
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think that. i know the senior advisers sounding president obama don't think that. when they have been asked on the record said they have confidence in me. the references have all been these anonymous off the record deep background commentary that is sort of typical for the political process. the right wing blogosphere is trying to fan the flame. i top the do the best job i can representing my consit wents in the 20th congressional district here in south florida and make sure i can help president obama get reelected and win my state of florida and help democrats get elected. i am proud of my service in congress and the democratic national committee. i believe president obama as well as his senior advisers are as well.
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>> thank you for coming on. some people say she is not answering honestly. you come on and you take it and do it with a smile. thank you. i appreciate you. >> we are mixing it up a bit for the next segment to make fun of guy who is usually make fun of us. comedy central daley shoechl ail. hey, i love your cereal there -- it's got that sweet honey taste. but no way it's 80 calories, right? no way, right? lady, i just drive the truck. right, there's no way right, right? have a nice day. [ male announcer ] 80 delicious calories.
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. people around the world of covering the race between president obama and mitt romney. has a different reason than the rest. comedy central brings back indecision election. i spoke with them and given how they were dressed, i asked them if they had come back from working at kinkos. >> yes. that's right. we like to dress alike. it makes us feel closer. >> you guys are not related, are you?
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>> no. >> maybe if you go back to thomas jefferson or something like that. not that we are aware of. >> thank you for making it awkward. >> how long were you guys -- did you cover the rnc and the dnc? you were there the entire time? >> we did. yeah. >> what was it like? you go to the rnc and all of a sudden a day or two later you are at the dnc? was it ultimate universes? >> i was like what's going on? it's weird. >> the democrats gave us way more access and would walk up and talk to us. i felt like the republicans were being carried around like they didn't want to talk to peasant comedians like us. >> did you feel the hierarchy and the folks were a bit more standoffish towards you really? >> maybe i don't want to be biased. it was very hot, but i felt like
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when we approached people got in their car. >> much was made about the speeches. let's get to the speeches. we had mitt romney obviously major speech and paul ryan made a speech. then oddly enough, not the vice president, but a former president bill clinton and then barack obama with a major speech. me about that. that was interesting. >> i felt like bill clinton was making his last best attempt to become president all over again. >> if bill clinton did a one-man show and he was talking to imaginary people from his neighborhood growing up, it was a long involved dramatic spectac spectacle. >> the saxophone solo was amazing. >> were you star struck with anyone? >> oh, my gosh. >> i literally bumped into the reverend jesse jackson. he gut struck jesse jackson.
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>> we almost kissed. >> you went in for it. he didn't like that. >> they bumped into each other. >> instead of keeping hope alive, you were trying to kill hope. >> i was running over hope, yeah. >> jared was telling an animated story and he bumped into him and i thought security was going to take him out and be like run, jesse, run. it was intense. i was like what am i supposed to do racial low in ts moment. am i supposed to take jared out because of our shining black prince being hurt? >> watch out, jesse jackson. i thought he said i was starting to sound like him, but i was about to run into him. >> more details about a wee bit of a man crush it seems on one of the guys running for president. see if you can guess who it is. guess what. you can take cnn with you and watch us while you work.
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. >> we have more from the comedy central's indecision team covering the presidential race.
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given clint eastwood and eva longoria, why are stars such a big part of the political process. >> that's politics now. it's celebrity. obama is definitely a celebrity and michelle is a celebrity. that is how the world runs for better or worse. i think for worse, but -- >> for better. i like it. i do an obama impression. i would like four more years of employment. >> i do a mitt romney impression. being uncomfortable talking to laborers. i would like to see him win. >> so good. >> you have to do the impressions because you are talking about it. >> i don't think so. >> come on, do it. >> what are do you want to hear? ask me a couple of questions. >> give me a speech ad if we have hope and change -- >> that's a speech to me, but let me hear your.
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>> for we have hope and change, i need your vote. if you feel the empire strikes back was better than jedi, i need your vote. i want sasha and malia to go to bed. >> of all the speech you saw at the rnc and dnc, which was your favorite? >> i like paul ryan because we were talking about the youth vote and he got the youth vote name dropping ac/dc and led zeppelin. those are the bands kids today are into. i appreciated that. >> you are going to get the use of the blazing blue eyes. >> yours? >> i agree. i thought paul ryan was awesome possum. i was drawn into his blue eyes and the way he was -- there were a lot of oh, no you didn't moments. obama is a failure and he smells
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bad and people were like get him! get him! i like that. i like it when politics is like a game of dozens under the bridge. >> in your obama, can you do his message to the dwruyouth. jared, maybe you top the do a romney or a clinton. >> okay. >> young people. i'm speaking to all y'all right now. i need you to get out there and vote. it's not going to be easy. you are going to have to put down your xbox controller, okay? you have to put down your cool ranch doritos and leave the comforts of your home. you might have to drive upwards of two miles away to, to, to vote. i need you to do it. we need your vote. >> mr. romney? >> ready to go. >> no, i will do paul ryan. i'm paul ryan and let's get into
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the fans i like. molly hatchet. soul asylum. rage against the machine. they don't like me, but i like them. a lot of these bands hate my guts and that's why they are tight. >> why should we vote for you? why should young people vote for you? >> my abs? >> thanks, guys. that was really funny. okay. how about this? bubba is back. >> let's look at the other -- >> they were chanting four more years. which president are they cheering for?
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>> in tampa, the republican argument against the president reelection was actually pretty simple. pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hn't cleaned it up fast enough so put us back in. >> a last line with a little venom in it. a phrase for president clinton for his speech toer to the republicans to shreds. the gop may be no match for clinton and neither was the nfl. the cowboys beat the giants and more americans tuned in to watch clinton. some said he outshined president obama. here to talk about all of it is
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georgetown profeor christopher mettler and ben gleeb. i am glad you wore a decent outfit instead of a goofy one. what do you think of the clinton nfl matchup. i wanted to hear more? what did he say? the president 4.something million jobs and congressional republicans, zero. i was cracking up. >> i am not surprised for several reasons. the last time americans got behind cowboy, things did not work out so well. i think they need a break. i think it makes sense because people didn't need to watch the nfl. a week earlier they already saw a bunch of millionaires trying to win at all costs for just their buddies at the expense of everybody around them.
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the only difference is during an nfl game, the middle class cheers. >> the president hasn't been able to rekindle the same magic s. this a shot in the arm the democrats needed? >> no, this was a shot in the arm for hillary 2016. that's the shot in the arm that you have got. that's the former president's angle here. he wants to make sure since he can't get back in the white house, she can. the president has to seal the deal. >> even the conservative on our air said lock the doors. bill clinton sealed the deal. you don't think it will be a blunt? >> i don't think so. i think the president has to do that. only he can do that. >> i have ten seconds left. is this the moment that you talked about how boring. is this the moment that will put the president over? >> i don't thio